Chicken Curry with Blueberries and Goji Berry Pilau

January 6th, 2010


I know a number of people will have started this new year with the aim to eat healthier, so I thought I should post this recipe early as it has claimed to be the “world’s healthiest meal” (by it’s creator – check out the link). Even though it may not be the lowest in fat (which many people will be trying to reduce), it is quite high in antioxidants which are very important in a healthy diet.


Everyone who I trialed this dish out on (including me) was very skeptical – blueberry and curry don’t sound like two words that really go together. I got even more skeptical when I tried the dried goji berries we had bought. I’m not a big fan of them dried and by themselves. Although I still thought we may as well give the dish a go.


It was quite easy to cook and prepare. The blueberry and youghurt mix is a gorgeous bright purple and the dish remained like this for half the time it was cooking. Once it was finished cooking it looked like a normal beef curry – yes, just looking at it, it does look like beef. The flavours worked fabulously together and the goji berries plumped up a bit in the pilau. I even enjoyed a few thawed blueberries with the dish.


This may even be a good dish to try on someone who doesn’t eat enough fruit and vegetables (hahaha, my trick worked and my culprit ate all the sauce (pureed blueberries) and goji berries). We will be eating this again (time to go look out for some specials on blueberries, goji berries and spices). Perhaps in a few years I will be able to use some from my own blueberry bush:


Chicken Curry with Blueberries and Goji Berry Pilau

Recipe by Mr Bains

Serves: 4

20g coriander, chopped
200g fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
500g low-fat Greek yoghurt
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon chilli powder (I used 1/2 teaspoon medium chilli powder)
500g of chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 teaspoon garam masala

For the Pilau Rice
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 grated carrot
1 cup Basmati rice
1 3/4 cups of boiling water
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
50g goji berries
Handful of peas (I poured boiling water over some frozen peas before using)

Blend the chopped coriander, blueberries, ginger and salt with 500g of low-fat Greek yoghurt, and set aside.


Place the chopped garlic into a saucepan with the olive oil and heat on a low-medium flame until the garlic starts to turn brown – this should take no longer than one or two minutes. Add the turmeric, mix well and heat through for 20 seconds. Mix in the ground cinnamon and chilli powder and cook for a further 20 seconds.

Add the chopped chicken breast, and seal, stirring frequently – this should take no more than five minutes. Now slowly pour the yoghurt mixture, mixing into the chicken, and bring to a simmer on a low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes uncovered, stirring from time to time. Mix through the garam masala and garnish with extra coriander.




To cook the pilau place the cumin seeds and olive oil into a saucepan and heat on a low-medium flame until the seeds begin to pop – about three minutes. Fry the onion and cook until soft. Then add the turmeric powder, stir and heat for 20 seconds and add one grated carrot. Cook for two minutes.

Place the onion mixture, basmati rice, pinch of salt and the 1 3/4 cups of boiling water into a large microwaveable bowl and mix with a fork. Cook uncovered in the microwave for 4 minutes (700W), 3 1/2 minutes (800W) or 3 minutes (900W). Mix and cook for a further 4 minutes (700W), 3 1/2 minutes(800W) or 3 minutes (900W). Finally cover and continue to cook for 4 minutes (700W), 3 1/2 minutes (800W) or 3 minutes (900W). (For the rice, I left the onion mix in the saucepan, added the rice, salt and boiling water and when it came to the boil, turned it down to really low. I cooked this for 10 minutes, then added the goji berries and peas, turned the heat off and left for another 10 minutes covered before serving)

To finish add the goji berries and peas and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Fluff the pilau with a fork, and serve.



  1. Trissa says:

    It does sound a bit strange but I do know blueberries, and yoghurt are among the healthiest food you can eat!

  2. Barbara says:

    I agree…it sounds odd. Curry and blueberries. But it looks great!

  3. Yummum says:

    This does sound strange…but looks delicious, be great if I could get the kids to eat this…they aren’t the greatest vegie eaters, but love beef stroganoff and I reakon it looks a bit like it?!

  4. Lauren says:

    This sounds lovely! What a fascinating combination =D.

  5. Haha I tried to do that with a NYE cocktail too. Great idea, I have a bag of goji berries that I want to do something different with. It sounds like a nice alternative to currants in a pilau!

  6. Cakelaw says:

    I have never tried goji berries. I will also admit that I would have been skeptical about the combination too – but glad it was delicious. The pilau looks superb.

  7. Kate says:

    Hi Anita, Just finished reading through your archives. Wow. You are amazing to be creating such wonderful foodie treats. Thanks for inspiring me to eat again after being so sick all last year. Im really looking forward to reading more of your blog in the future. Kate xx

  8. Wow, that’s a weird one, so it’s great to hear it tastes good. Lovely blueberries on your bush too!

  9. Judy says:

    Very interesting recipe. I won honorable mention in a contest for my recipe for blueberry black pepper chicken, so this doesn’t sound too far out to me.

  10. Auntie Liz says:

    This looks very interesting. Will be giving it a try as I enjoy curries and blueberries.

  11. Juliana says:

    What an interesting combination of flavor! Curry and blueberry…would love to try it! The pilaf looks delicious as well…nice pictures Anita!

  12. Anita, this dish is a keeper. I am sure it is not only delicious but great for health. Thanks for sharing and starting a healthy year for all of us!

    Sawadee from bangkok,

  13. Wow, such a unique dish! Very healthy–lots of antioxidents in the dark berries! Great recipe.

  14. Jonathan Perry says:

    Trust me, I made it, and it tasted great. I don’t think 3 tablespoons of olive oil is fattening for 4 people, or is it?

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